The June 2012 Transit of Venus Gallery

By Phil Plait | June 6, 2012 5:30 am

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Comments (42)

  1. Wow, such beautiful images! Here in Melbourne the clouds cleared just long enough to snap a few shots with my iPhone via the telescope/sheet of paper method, but it was fun following the transit online all day thanks to those with better views!

  2. Bobbar

    I had my scope, with aperture reducer and a projection rig, as well as a pin hole ready to go — only to have an overcast of fail. :*(

    Oh well, better luck next time… Oh, wait.

  3. Chris

    One more item scratched off my bucket list. All that remains is a total solar eclipse and to successfully ask a girl out on a date.

  4. Bad Wolf

    Overcast here in Redneckistan (Georgia). I guess I’ll have to wait for 2117 to see this amazing transit. I’ll only be 160 years old, no problem. I told my wife I intend to live forever – so far, so good.

  5. Bubba

    SO ticked…overcast all evening on Long Island.

  6. At 6, it was pretty cloudy in Detroit, but cleared for the most part. We had a half dozen scopes on the roof of the Physics building at Wayne State. In three hours, about 300 people got a look (and sometimes smart phone pictures) through my scope.

  7. I was so primed and ready to catch the transit, only to be thwarted by a 100% overcast sky. The sun peaked out for a brief moment a mere 20 minutes prior to transit start, but then was not seen for the remaining 2 hours of daylight. It made me sad.

  8. Sarah

    I watched this video from NASA. At 0:32 they’re showing a spectrum that seems to bleed through Venus. Is this really what is happening? What spectrum is this? Or is it an artefact of the video, and if so, what caused it?

  9. The local Astronomy Society had telescopes set up for the public to view the transit, and I headed there after work, worried the whole way about the overcast sky. Fortuitously, the sun came out literally just as I was parking the car, and I got to take in a couple of nice views of the transit through a telescope. It was a lot of fun!

  10. Living in northern California I was already rigged up with a pinhole projector made for the recent solar eclipse. Alas, my viewing technology wasn’t up to the challenge of the Venus transit. Couldn’t make out the little black dot (though the projector worked great for the eclipse).

  11. Jesse

    I got a couple of nice shots:

    But the overcast sky did me no favors.

    And BTW, Meade needs to make better eyepiece fits. They have the oddest sizing on the straight-through viewing, which means the eyepieces that come with the ETX-70 DON’T FIT. That makes holding up the screen I projected on harder, since I had trouble just leaning it up on something behind the ‘scope, as I had planned. I think it’s because they assume you’ll be mounting a camera on the back. Fine, but have the f-ing threads fit the eyepieces as well, or something. I had to hold the projection surface above the scope, and it was a mess all around.

    I should have done the pinhole method I guess. Live & learn.

    On the bright side I got a small group around me, and everyone took pics with their phones. It was in the park at 66th and West End, (or rather, Trump’s Riverside South project) by the Hudson River. ANd Thanks to the nice people who helped hold the canvas :-).

  12. “This picture was taken by astronaut Don Petit aboard the International Space Station! It was one of hundreds he took; click the link to see many, many more. “

    In his spare time, I hope. They DO actually work up there, right? :)

    Great view here beneath the smogberry trees in Pasadena, BTW. Although watching my neighbor ignite a pice of cardboard while “focusing” some high powered binoculars on the sun (as opposed to spreading the image out a bit as is the normal procedure) was almost as entertaining.

  13. Grouchybastid

    Being a Seattleite meant, of course, complete cloud cover blocking any possibility of viewing the transit. Lucky for me (and many, many others) there was this great group of astronomers and astro-buffs doing a Google+ livecast of the whole thing. What nice folks. 😉

  14. Thespis

    Dad set up a DIY viewing spot here in the South Louisiana backyard with the recycling bin, a white piece of cardboard and the binoculars. Awesome.
    A local pop-music radio station DJ was all set to view it and and it RAINED in New Orleans. At least it started the conversation and people kept calling in, saying “Watching it here in Mandeville/Covington/Pearl River/Slidell…” Even in Deep South, Science was a hot topic that day.

  15. I set up my Astroscan with the sun viewing screen, and with a Barlow lens and the higher power eyepiece, it looked like the edge of Venus was shimmering. I might have thought that was due to something in Earth’s atmosphere, but it didn’t appear as if the sun spots were shimmering. It seems unlikely that Venus’s atmosphere would have created such a noticeable effect. In 10 minutes of Googling, I couldn’t find an answer to what caused the shimmering, but figured that somebody here might be able to tell me, or at least provide a link. (Please excuse my ignorance and mangling of any terminology as I’m very, very amateur when it comes t these things.)

  16. J

    Jure Atanackov, Rok Pucer, Matic Smrekar made a picture of Venus only 11 hours 24 minutes before transit. Venus was 44 arc minutes from the solar edge.

  17. J

    Jure Atanackov, Matic Smrekar and Rok Pucer made a picture of Venus 11 housr and 24 minutes before the transit. It was 44 arc minutes from solar edge!

  18. John

    I made a rudimentary pinhole projector to view the transit. Even though the image it produced was tiny, and Venus was only visible as a small, faint dot, seeing it that way was infinitely more satisfying than watching the live Internet feed (which was also cool, mind you) and looking at these after-the-fact images (which, again, are amazing).

    I’m really glad I got to see this in person.

  19. Russell Bateman

    Amazing pictures! Laurent your talent with the camera gets better with every picture great job!

  20. rob

    anyone have any ideas about what the mystery streak is at about 26 sec in this video a co-worker took of the transit:

    seems to be a meteor.

  21. Nick

    Had a couple of hours of sunshine at the start before the clouds rolled in. Here in Melbourne Australia. I set up my Galileoscope with a solar filter. It was awesome to share it with my family.

  22. Jim Craig

    I’d kind of hoped to see the picture I sent up here. Oh, well.

    Next time. And, yes, I’m going to try for next time. I’ll be 157 and I’ll get there or die trying. :)

  23. Brice

    @Sarah – Most likely the problem is compression of the stream, as youtube tends to have somewhat aggressive compression. It is also possible that the issue is caused by the filters prior to the compression as there is a expected amount of bleed in some post-processing.

  24. The sky was clear as can be, but it was very windy, which unfortunately caused some shaking/vibrations in my mount. I labeled the active regions of sunspots in my video. It’s pretty cool…I had never done that before. But now…I guess I’ll have more reason to go out and view during the daylight! Here’s my video if anyone is interested (you have full permission to use if you like):

  25. -jeffB

    @Fatboy: I saw pronounced shimmering at Venus’ border and at the Sun’s limb. Since sunspots are surrounded by a fainter penumbra, the shimmer may have been harder see simply because of the lower contrast. (Actually, I was looking across a paved road, so seeing was bad enough that even the sunspots were shimmering at times.)

  26. Matt B.

    @4: Hey, Chris, I have the same list. 😀

  27. LarryCot

    I used a makeup mirror mostly covered with foil (thanks, YouTube) to reflect the image onto the shade of my back porch. The results were phenomenal! I was even able to see sunspots.

  28. Messier Tidy Upper

    Thankyou BA & photographers here. Stunning, marvellous, classic gallery! :-)

    Watched this Cytherean transit from the Adelaide Festival plaza with the South Aussie Astronomical Society yesterday – so crowded but such a great day. Hundreds of people queuing for each of the ten solar filtered telescopes set up there and plenty more gathered around the half-binocular projection onto card that I helped with at times too.

    Missed the first & second contacts due to clouds but they cleared after a few hours and this ended up being a very successful, astronomically wonderful event indeed. :-)

  29. Thea

    The rain gods just love Calgary in June, much to my extreme irritation. But around greatest transit it miraculously got clear enough for me to see, with my eclipse glasses, Venus, barely visible, on the disk of the Sun. At least I got to see SOME of the transit.

  30. Spaced out Dutchman

    The big boys have the best toys.

  31. Straight RuPaul

    Please tell me they got spectrometry data from that first image…

  32. Cool pictures on your side ! :)))


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